Europeans are showing signs of buyer's remorse with the new American president. With the recession, the "Buy American" policy, the missile defence system and the Afghanistan troop situation, Europeans are starting to realise- however slowly- that they cheered for the wrong man. The European Union has one of the lowest birthrates in the world. They have the highest expectations, too. They don't want to deal with another George Bush whom they felt was too brusque. I'm not sure how anyone can reassure them given their perennial implacable nature. There are strikes, rising immigration woes and an insufferable arrogance toward anyone not "continental". Obama will not bring the "hope and change" they would gladly strike for. They backed the wrong horse.